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Intimate Wedding with Handcrafted Details

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I just love this sweet intimate wedding with handcrafted details. The bride decided to skip using flowers in her wedding to cut costs, and created her own bouquets out of fabric. I love when brides get crafty! I also love the hand-drawn illustrations included in many of the paper details throughout the day — including the adorable cake topper featuring a custom illustration of the couple. So creative! Hope you love this wedding as much as I did! xoxo, Jessica

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Katy + Eunio Garcia

June 8, 2014

Winston Salen, NC  |  Graylyn Estate

What was your wedding budget?

Our goal was to stay under $15,000.

Venue and rentals$5,306.00 
Food and service$2,550.00 
Miscellaneous fees (Cut Fee)$50.00 
Gown and alterations$200.00 
Headpiece and veil$45.00 
Bridal accessories$25.00 
Hair and makeup$-Did it myself
Groom’s tux or suit$150.00 
Groom’s accessories$20.00 
Floral arrangements for ceremony$-Outside ceremony in the garden, didm’t really need flowers
Bride’s bouquet$25.00Made it myself
Bridesmaids’ bouquets$25.00Made them myself with fabric
Boutonnieres$25.00Made them myself with fabric
Reception decorations$200.00 
Ceremony musicians$-One of my fiends was a cello player, and played during the ceremony
Reception band, deejay, or entertainment$500.00DJ coverage during the day for a dicounted rate.
Sound-system or dance-floor rental$-Utilized the dance hall at the venue
Photography$700.00Only payed for 4 hours of coverage during the day
Photography$69.99Bought Instant Film Camera (White) for additional photgraphs guests could take
Favors and Gifts (3 percent)$-Hosted a coffee bar instead which was included in the price of the food
Officiant fee or church donation$50.00Officiant was a good family friend
Invitations and RSVPs$250.00Designed them myself, just paid the printing fee
Programs$50.00Designed them myself, just paid the printing fee
Seating and place cards$10.00Designed them myself, just paid the printing fee
Menu cards$-We had a station style service
Thank-you notes$100.00$25 for each vendor involved at the wedding
Wedding Rings (2 percent)$300.00 
Transportation (1 percent)$150.00 

How many guests did you have?

Invited over 100, but we only had about 35 in attendance.

What creative or personal aspects did you include in your wedding?

The Groom, Groomsmen and Fathers all had cuff links made from coins of their their country origin and state they were born in. Brides bouquet and Bridesmaids and flower girls all had floral elements with hand made fabric flowers that the Bride made herself.

What was the biggest thing you did to save money?

I didn’t use any real flowers in the wedding. I am not a fan of flowers, and the fact that they whither. Instead I used lanterns and Tea candles to represent loves eternal flame and pay tribute to the groom, who is a theatrical lighting designer.

What was the biggest sacrifice you made to stay on budget?

We didn’t rent a get away car, but it worked out because it was pouring buckets that afternoon and no one would have wanted to watch us drive away in the rain.

What’s the best advice you have for planning your wedding now that you’re on the other side?

Keep it simple, borrow whatever you can. Make sure you set aside time for just you and the groom to take location pictures, that was my favorite part of the day.

What was your biggest splurge?

The dress, of course! And I loved it.

What was your favorite detail?

I loved making and picking out the gifts for my wedding party. It made the wedding not just about us but all of our friends who have become like family, celebrating a beautiful relationship.

What is the most memorable moment of your day?

There were so many great moments, I couldn’t say which was the best. Seeing old friends who I hadn’t seen in years was such a treat, dancing with my father, watching my groom watch me walk down the aisle and try not to cry was really hard. All of those, maybe.


Photographer: Cathy Durig Photography   •  Officiant: Rev. Barbara Lodge  •  Car Service: Enterprise  •  Reception Music: DJ Nick Nice  •  Ceremony Music: Jenn Romero •  Venue + Catering: Graylyn Estate


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